The ding dong is over and tonight, our much anticipated CAF Champions League clash with Egypt’s Zamalek takes center stage. There’s no dancing around it, it’s pretty much a drink at the last chance saloon for us. If we must make it to the semis then we have to win.
Coach Aigbogun in his debut season for us has had to endure a very torrid time. We all know the story of the season so far but we just to perhaps make matters worse, aside Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, we have a clean bill of health on the players, everyone is fit and so it’s a bit of a selection headache in virtually every department of the team.
But like a man who understands the significance of today’s game, he surely would be looking at picking a team that would balance attack and defence. A draw won’t be enough for us, meaning we would have to have a go, but we must be careful to ensure we are not left exposed at the back.
A strong start would be great, but it’s not mandatory to win this game in the opening period. An 89th minute winner will do just as well as anything else, so maintaining our defensive shape and not making mistakes that will make our life more difficult is just as important as what we do at the top end of the pitch.
With the players aware that this is a last opportunity for them to salvage things, I believe we would see an Enyimba spirit we have never seen so far this season. Knowing that if we lose then that’s that in terms of qualifying from the group, it should add a real urgency to our performance.
The fact that we have to get something from this game is going to make it genuinely exciting I think. Based on what we’ve shown so far this season, you wouldn’t give us much of a chance, but this team is capable of pulling something out of the hat just when you think they’ve blown it.
We believe and we know its possible tonight. 7:30pm is the kickoff.
Back tomorrow with good news I think.